Amazon mug business makes around 10K per month

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What do you think about an Amazon FBA business in the mug/coffee mug business? It has the BSR around 1000 and it makes approximately 10K per month only from one mug. Of course, the seller has quite a diverse portfolio and sells more than this. Do you have any thoughts?
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  • Profile picture of the author malonewolf
    Funny, I actually thought about doing this myself maybe two years ago or so. The main hurdles for me was that there are a million and one mugs out there, what makes your so special? Of course this problem isn't unique to coffee mugs, but the product selection on Amazon is already super crowded. Uf you're a marketing whiz maybe you can figure out a good/effective way.
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    • Profile picture of the author northwish
      Indeed, the idea is to make unique designs... but you will laugh if I tell you that this particular example that I saw is actually a hand drawn cat (like a 4 years child would sketch), showing the middle finger. Completely stupid and has lot's of reviews + this great BSR in just 9 months from being first available on AMZ
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  • Profile picture of the author dave_hermansen
    Sorry, I'm trying to wrap my head around this. I'm not sure the figure you presented is gross sales or profit. Assuming it is profit, which is the only thing that matters, that's a load of mug sales in a month.

    I have no clue what this mug sells for but let's pretend it sells for far more than I would pay for a mug (including shipping) and that you somehow end up with $10 profit per mug. That's 1,000 mugs a month (33/day). More likely, the profit is much closer to $5/mug, at best, which means 2,000 are being sold every month (66/day). That's gotta be some kind of amazing mug to think that just this single mug gets ordered that much over the thousands of other mugs available - and just from the Amazon channel!

    Hey it could happen, I guess, but I'd sure want to see definitive proof - and not just some PayPal screenshot of earnings (which can be faked and also often show combined sales from multiple websites instead of just the one that is being sold).
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  • Profile picture of the author John Garuti III
    It's doable. Create a shopify store with teelaunch...and then integrate an Amazon account with your shopify store.
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    • Profile picture of the author northwish
      Interesting, but I believe that FBA & China sourcing is more profitable. Don't you think that?
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      • Profile picture of the author John Garuti III
        Well I love FBA...but I would not do mugs...reason being is if you work with a great designer than you can put more options out there.

        If you use teelaunch (or similar service) you literally could have thousands of designs. In fact, most of the people I have seen doing well with print on demand services (whether its tshirts, mugs) are constantly putting out new content and designs.

        If you were to source mugs from China, you may make better money per unit sold, but you are going to have to deal with inventory and FBA fees. Plus, sourcing from China typically requires some MOQ which can be hundreds of units. Don't want to get stick with that...

        If you have a Shopify store with a service, you can drive traffic to your store through ads, social media, and organic traffic via integration with Amazon.
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  • Profile picture of the author tcstix
    Good suggestions here. I would use something like RebBubble or something like that and market on Facebook.

    I'm a ski instructor and I see ads about skiing in my FB feed. So create designs that are clever, something people are passionate about and want to tell others about... so designs that would be conversation starters.

    People like to talk about themselves but most people don't want to just bring up topics out of the blue. If there's a mug that says it, then someone might comment and it's a chance for them to talk about themselves... bingo! :-)
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  • Profile picture of the author dave_hermansen
    I apologize for misunderstanding the question. I thought you were considering buying an already existing website business that made that kind of money.

    Knowing that a single mug sold that much doesn't give me enough to go on when the sales could have been generated by dozens or more affiliate website links - especially if it is cheap like almost everything on the Amazon BSR list.

    The problem wth FBA is you need to KNOW that your exact product is going to sell well before you invest a bunch of money in inventory that'll just sit. I think I'd get a couple great designs, test them with John Garuti's "teelaunch" method and if it looks like a winner, get them manufactured for you in China, where you will get better pricing, and then use FBA.
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    • Profile picture of the author Linda S
      Great suggestion
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